Mark Lawrence is a Jazz, Fusion, Funk and Blues guitarist. He has a playing style of “vocalising guitar that hints at Hendrix via George Benson” and cites the likes of John McLaughlin, Miles Davis, Buddy Guy and Kurt Rosenwinkel as prime influences. He is bandleader for the ‘Mark Lawrence Quartet‘, a “hard-nosed electric jazz-rock outfit” with “hints of Weather Report, Headhunters, even Steely Dan” (Tony Benjamin, Bristol247) and his first solo album is in production. Mark works regularly with:
‘Mahatmosphere‘ www.mahatmosphere.bandcamp.com – with Al Swainger on bass, Marco Anderson on drums and the whole trio using electronics. Largely improvised music exploring the spectrum between meditative ambience and full-throated fusion. Walter Kolosky, Music Journalist and host of the Jazz Rocks Podcast writes “the electric fusion band Mahatmosphere melds molten rock from the earth’s swirling core with the deep organic roots from its crust. The resultant amalgam is comprised of both Zen and grunge. The album ‘Beautiful Dirt’ is as compelling as any progressive music in the marketplace today.”
‘Groovelator’ www.groovelator.co.uk – a funky, soulful Jazz and Blues band featuring John Paul Gard on organ, Tom Gilkes on drums, plus occasional guests on saxophone.
‘Diamond Dust’ www.diamonddust.info – a powerful, electric and groovy trio which fuses Jazz and Psychedelic Rock in the mode of the incredible Tony Williams Lifetime & John McLaughlin.
Mark has appeared alongside British Jazz saxophone legends Andy Sheppard and Tony Roberts. Festival work has included London Jazz Festival (with Sisanda Myataza), Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, Secret Garden Party, Oxford Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Budvar stage, Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Bristol Harbour Festival, Sheep Music Festival and at numerous clubs dates across the country.
In addition to live guitar performance Mark is also a session musician, an experimental ‘computer music’ composer, an experienced sound technician and teaches guitar. Mark endorses Sonuus music products and the S-Gear software amp simulator from Scuffham Amps.